In New York State a 26-year-old man’s life was saved by NYPD officers using an anti-overdose spray.
Recently in New York State a man received an anti-overdose spray from New York Police Department officers that saved his life. The 26-year-old man had reportedly overdosed on painkillers and regained consciousness within 10 seconds of receiving the anti-overdose spray. He was then taken to Staten Island University hospital and was reported to be in stable condition.
The anti-overdose spray that the man received is known as Naloxone. It works by combatting the negative effects of high levels of opiates in the user’s blood. This drug comes in a liquid solution that can be sprayed into the person’s nose or injected in their vein, a muscle or just under their skin.
The CDC recently reported that painkiller and heroin overdoses are the leading cause of injury or death here in the U.S. In 2011, more than 41,000 individuals passed away due to drug poisoning; with 41% of those individuals having consumed a painkiller such as Vicodin or OxyContin.
The use of Naloxone to save this mans life is the 16th time this medication has been used since December 2013 by NYPD officers in other apparent overdose victims.